Democratic Albany County Commissioner Tim Chesnut says he will run for the U.S. Senate.
The 47-year-old Laramie resident admitted his chances of victory were small. But Chesnut hopes his campaign will help shift the political climate away from the hyperpartisanship seen today and encourage politicians to find middle ground.
Chesnut will face perennial office-seeker Al Hamburg, a retired painter from Torrington, in the August Democratic U.S. Senate primary.
An 8-percent budget cut would cost Wyoming's seven community colleges about $9.1 million.
Falling energy revenues has prompted Gov. Matt Mead to order state agencies to prepare for 8-percent budget cuts for the fiscal year that starts in July 2013.
James Rose, of the Wyoming Community College Commission, says each community college board of trustees has the freedom to handle any funding cuts as it see fit so he can't speak to whether any faculty and staff positions would be threatened with layoffs.
A veteran officer is taking over as the new colonel of the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
Lt. Col. John Butler of Cheyenne has been selected as the new administrator of the patrol and will be promoted to the rank of colonel. He's the twelfth person to head the patrol since its formation in 1933.
Butler is a 27-year Highway Patrol veteran. He replaces Col. Jess Oyler, who retired at the end of last year. Butler has served as interim patrol administrator since Oyler's retirement.
An orthopedic surgeon who has risen quickly to become one of the highest-ranking Republicans in the U.S. Senate is officially seeking his first full term in office. Sen. John Barrasso kicked off his campaign Tuesday at the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne by saying Wyomingites want the federal government to leave them alone. Democratic Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal appointed Barrasso in 2007 after the death of Sen. Craig Thomas. Barrasso since has risen to chairman of the Senate Republican
Laramie resident Mark Jenkins has reached the summit of Mount Everest.
Jenkins reached the summit of the world's highest mountain on Thursday. He called his wife by satellite phone from a lower camp a few hours later.
The University of Wyoming announced Jenkins' achievement. He first attempted to climb the mountain in 1986 when he was a graduate student at the university. He's a writer-in-residence for the UW master's degree program in creative writing.
Federal land managers have rejected an application by a Colorado company to use bacteria to produce methane from northeast Wyoming coal beds.
The Gillette News-Record reported Thursday the Bureau of Land Management threatened to prosecute Luca Technologies Inc. for trespassing if it continued the work. The company says it will comply but disagrees with the decision and may sue.
The BLM acted after Luca refused to pay an additional $40,000 for the cost of processing the application, on top of $40,000 it paid previously.
The Casper Democrat running against Wyoming U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis is a political newcomer who says he wants to represent the interests of working families.
Chris Henrichsen is a 35-year-old political science instructor at Casper College. He filed paperwork on Thursday declaring his candidacy to run against Lummis.
Lummis announced on Monday that she's seeking a third term as Wyoming's lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives. A Republican, she served earlier as Wyoming treasurer and in the state Legislature.
The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld a life sentence for a Casper man convicted of kidnapping and aggravated burglary in an attack on his girlfriend. The court on Tuesday rejected an appeal from Christopher Counts, who was sentenced to life in prison last year as a habitual criminal. Authorities say Counts broke into his girlfriend's house with a knife in July 2010 and wouldn't let her leave. The Wyoming Supreme Court ruling states that Counts wrote to the woman while his case was pending and tried to get her to testify
Wyoming continues to have one of the worst rates of death on the job. New figures from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show that Wyoming had the second-highest rate of deadly workplace accidents of any state in 2010. Only West Virginia had a higher rate. Contributing to West Virginia's rate in 2010 was a coal mine accident that killed 29 workers and was the nation's deadliest mine accident in 40 years. Wyoming's high workplace death rate reflects an energy industry
Wyoming's top oil and gas regulator says the companies involved in a natural gas well blowout in eastern Wyoming last month won't face any fines. Tom Doll, the state's oil and gas supervisor, tells the Casper Star-Tribune that well owner Chesapeake Energy Corp. and drill rig owner Trinidad Drilling Ltd. won't be cited for the blowout. The mishap vented up to 2 million cubic feet of explosive gas and 31,500 gallons of drilling fluid into the air and around the drill site near Douglas.
Four out of five scientists who reviewed Wyoming's proposed wolf management plan say they believe it's likely to maintain a stable population in the state.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday released its second scientific peer review of Wyoming's wolf plan. The agency released an earlier review this winter but called for another after the state modified its plan.
Three workers at the Sinclair refinery near Rawlins have been flown to a burn center in Colorado following a flash fire. Sinclair Oil Corp. says the incident happened inside a gas recovery unit at its refinery, about five miles east of Rawlins, about 10:20 a.m. Tuesday. Sinclair Police Chief Jeff Sanders says it was a flash fire and four workers were originally taken to Memorial Hospital of Carbon County. A Memorial Hospital spokeswoman says three of the workers were
Western state officials took turns bashing the federal government at a congressional field hearing on proposed nationwide drilling rules on hydraulic fracturing. But Democrats on the panel Wednesday, along with some Colorado environmental activists, insisted that health concerns around the drilling procedure known as fracking mean there is a need for common health and safety standards. Officials from Colorado, Wyoming and Utah testified before the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Wednesday at the
The Northern Arapaho Tribe is pressing its legal claim that tribal members shouldn't be subject to taxation by the state of Wyoming or Fremont County on lands around Riverton. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver is set to hear an appeal from the Northern Arapaho next week. The tribe is appealing a 2009 ruling by Judge Clarence Brimmer of Cheyenne that dismissed its legal challenge. Brimmer ruled the Northern Arapaho Tribe's lawsuit couldn't proceed without the involvement of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and
The Wyoming Supreme Court has agreed to decide Secretary of State Max Maxfield's lawsuit challenging term limits for statewide elected officials. Chief Justice Marilyn S. Kite on Tuesday signed a notice that the court will decide whether the state law setting term limits for statewide elected officials is constitutional and enforceable. District Judge Thomas C. Campbell of Cheyenne earlier asked the high court to resolve the question. Maxfield is now in his second four-year term as secretary of
A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit that Encana Oil and Gas filed against a tribal judge on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Judge Alan B. Johnson of Cheyenne last week dismissed Encana's lawsuit against John St. Clair, the chief judge of the Shoshone and Arapaho Tribal Court. Encana sued St. Clair in February claiming the tribal court had no jurisdiction over the company. The lawsuit followed St. Clair's ruling that Encana must answer a wrongful death lawsuit filed by
The state Education Department has granted 20 school districts waivers from meeting a state law requiring a 16-to-1 student-teacher ratio in kindergarten through third grades. The waivers are good for the 2012-13 school year. State schools superintendent Cindy Hill says the 16-to-1 ratio is challenging for some districts but she's confident all will eventually reach the mandate that was set by the 2011 Legislature as part its education reform initiative. State law allows districts to seek a waiver from the Education
Federal regulators have granted a rehearing for further consideration of a Colorado businessman's proposal to build a pipeline to deliver water from southwestern Wyoming to southeast Wyoming and Colorado's Front Range. Aaron Million of Fort Collins had sought a permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for his project because a system of turbines and reservoirs that he plans to build along the pipeline would generate electricity. However a FERC official said in February that Million's application was premature and lacked
The number of students receiving free and reduced-price meals at Wyoming public schools increased this year even though the state's economy has been steadily improving. Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Education show that 37 percent of students in Wyoming receive breakfasts and lunches subsidized by the federal government. The 33,052 students qualifying for free and reduced-price meals represent a 2 percent increase over the 2010-11 school year. Nutrition program supervisor Tamra Jackson of the state
An environmental group says it has reached an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to remove some corrals it says could impede pronghorn migration in western Wyoming. The group Western Watersheds sued last year over the corrals in the Bridger-Teton National Forest east of Kelly in Jackson Hole. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports ranchers use the corral while they graze cattle on public land in the Gros Ventre River drainage. The group says the corrals weren't built in accord with federal rules and could impede antelope
The price of natural gas has fallen below $2 per 1,000 cubic feet for the first time in more than a decade. The U.S. supply of natural gas is growing so fast that analysts worry the country's underground storage facilities could be full by fall and lead to further price declines. On Wednesday, the futures price of natural gas fell to $1.984 per 1,000 cubic feet, its lowest level since January 28, 2002, when it hit $1.91. There is so much natural gas being produced - and still in the
Federal prosecutors say three people bilked $3.7 million from investors by claiming to develop wind farms in Wyoming and South Dakota. The projects never were built. A federal indictment filed in Cheyenne says phone solicitors made cold calls to investors nationwide, telling them the wind farms were being built by a private firm and the U.S. government. Utah residents Robert Reed and Lauren Scott and California resident Christopher Ponish have pleaded not guilty to felony fraud
A group of citizens has filed a lawsuit challenging Wyoming's newly adopted legislative redistricting plan. The lawsuit charges that state lawmakers bent over backward to make sure incumbent state senators didn't have to run against each other and accuses the plan of failing to give less-populous counties fair representation. The lawsuit filed Thursday in Laramie County District Court seeks to block Gov. Matt Mead and the other four statewide elected officials from implementing the redistricting plan.
The State of Wyoming has settled a federal lawsuit filed by an anti-abortion group. Under the settlement, the state admitted that state officials violated the constitutional rights of WyWatch Family Action by removing a display of materials it posted in a tunnel leading to the state Capitol last year. U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal approved the settlement and dismissed the lawsuit on Thursday. Under the settlement, the state admits that it unconstitutionally prevented WyWatch from engaging in protected
Wyoming continues to monitor slumping natural gas prices that officials say threaten to cost the state millions in lost tax revenues.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that natural gas prices averaged $2.10 per thousand cubic feet at the Opal Hub in western Wyoming through the first few weeks of March. That's down from $2.52 in February. This time last year, gas prices averaged nearly $3.80 per thousand cubic feet.
The Wyoming tribe that earlier this month received the nation's first permit allowing members to kill bald eagles for religious purposes has renewed its legal challenge against the federal government over permit language that prohibits killing the birds on the tribe's reservation.
The Northern Arapaho Tribe has filed an amended federal complaint Friday against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The state of Wyoming is asking a federal appeals court to reconsider its recent decision that the state can't sue the federal government over how many snowmobiles are allowed in Yellowstone National Park. Wyoming had argued that limiting snowmobiles to 318 a day was arbitrary and would hurt tourism and tax revenue. A panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last month rejected the state's arguments, saying it failed to show the rule would harm the state economically. Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead on Wednesday noted that Yellowstone is
A bear expert says a study has found that people using bear spray during grizzly bear encounters are injured far less often than people using firearms. University of Calgary's Steve Herrero says that 98 percent of those who used bear spray walked away unharmed, and no people or bears died. He says 56 percent of those who used firearms were injured, and 61 percent of the bears died. The firearms study involved 269 incidents with 444 hunters. The bear spray study had 72 incidents with 175 people, though some of
Manager Fredi Gonzalez was the face of frustration when his Atlanta Braves collapsed last year and missed the playoffs on the last day of the season. If this season's rules had applied, he might've been smiling: The Braves and the Boston Red Sox would've made the postseason.